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A list of concept notes for voluntary financial contributions for the biennium 2018/19 is now available on the BRS websites

Concept notes for voluntary financial contributions 2018-19 now available

Concept notes for voluntary financial contributions 2018-19 now available

 

At its thirteenth meeting, the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention elected a new Bureau and members of subsidiary bodies under the Convention.

At its thirteenth meeting, the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention elected a new Bureau and members of subsidiary bodies under the Convention.

At its thirteenth meeting, the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention elected a new Bureau and members of subsidiary bodies under the Convention.
 

The Secretariat hands over the signed BRS Geneva Gender Parity Pledge to Mr. Michael Moller, UNOG Director General.

Geneva Gender Parity Pledge

Geneva Gender Parity Pledge

 

The Secretariat has been made aware that emails were recently sent using abusively for instance the name of the Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions or other staff as its author, a misleading sender’s name, or a misleading email address. Please read the Secretariat’s communication about this issue.

Abusive emails

The Secretariat has been made aware that emails were recently sent using abusively for instance the name of the Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions or other staff as its author, a misleading sender’s name, or a misleading email address. Please read the Secretariat’s communication about this issue.

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Read Rolph Payet’s comments at the opening of the Guatemala Bonn Challenge 2018

Read Rolph Payet’s comments at the opening of the Guatemala Bonn Challenge 2018

At the Guatemala Bonn Challenge, BRS Executive Secretary stresses importance of sound management of chemicals and waste and its interconnectivity with climate change.

Read Rolph Payet’s comments at the opening of the Guatemala Bonn Challenge 2018

Read Rolph Payet’s comments at the opening of the Guatemala Bonn Challenge 2018

 

ENFORCE: Illegal traffic experts meet in Geneva

ENFORCE: Illegal traffic experts meet in Geneva

The 3rd Meeting of the Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic (ENFORCE) takes place 15 to 16 May, with funding support from Norway.

ENFORCE: Illegal traffic experts meet in Geneva

ENFORCE: Illegal traffic experts meet in Geneva
 
Household waste experts meet in Mauritius to work on environmentally sound management

Household waste experts meet in Mauritius to work on environmentally sound management

With funding support from Norway and Switzerland, the Household Waste Partnership Working Group meets to start working towards a guidance document on environmentally sound management.

Household waste experts meet in Mauritius to work on environmentally sound management

Household waste experts meet in Mauritius to work on environmentally sound management

With funding support from Norway and Switzerland, the first meeting of the Household Waste Partnership Working Group meets in Port Louis from 14 to 17 May 2018 to start working towards a guidance document on environmentally sound management.

BRS contributes to Global Soils Symposium in Rome

BRS contributes to Global Soils Symposium in Rome

The life-cycle approach to chemicals and waste is a key element to protecting soils from pollution.

BRS contributes to Global Soils Symposium in Rome

BRS contributes to Global Soils Symposium in Rome

 

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BRS Secretariat supports new initiative on combatting illegal waste shipments

A new World Customs Organisation initiative, known as Operation DEMETER IV, starts in May 2018, to monitor and control cross-border movement of waste in maritime transportation, targeting illegal waste shipments.

BRS Secretariat supports new initiative on combatting illegal waste shipments

BRS Secretariat supports new initiative on combatting illegal waste shipments

A new global World Customs Organisation (WCO) initiative, called Operation DEMETER IV, will be launched in May 2018 to monitor and control cross-border movement of waste in maritime transportation, targeting illegal waste shipments from waste-producing regions and countries to destination countries and regions.

The Operation will be conducted under the guidance of the WCO Secretariat, in close cooperation with China Customs and the WCO Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific. The BRS Secretariat will provide assistance for this new initiative. 

For more information, please visit our Enforcement Networks Fact Sheets on the World Customs Organisation page. 

Austria: celebrating 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention for a Life with Less Waste

The BRS Secretariat congratulates Austria on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of entry-into-force of the Basel Convention.

Austria: celebrating 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention for a Life with Less Waste

Austria: celebrating 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention for a Life with Less Waste

 

Egypt: celebrating 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention for a Life with Less Waste

The BRS Secretariat congratulates Egypt on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of entry-into-force of the Basel Convention.

Egypt: celebrating 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention for a Life with Less Waste

Egypt: celebrating 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention for a Life with Less Waste

 

BRS Secretariat Says ‘Yes to Less’

Ever-conscious of the need to minimise waste, as required of Parties to the Basel Convention, the BRS Secretariat is contributing to the pan-UN campaign encouraging Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

BRS Secretariat Says ‘Yes to Less’

BRS Secretariat Says ‘Yes to Less’

 

Towards the sound management of wastes in the Arabic-speaking countries

Read the latest BRS interview, with Moustafa Kamel, Director of the Basel Convention Regional Centre in Egypt.

Towards the sound management of wastes in the Arabic-speaking countries

Towards the sound management of wastes in the Arabic-speaking countries
 
Congratulations to Iran for 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention

The BRS Secretariat congratulates the Islamic Republic of Iran on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of entry into force of the Basel Convention – for a Life with Less Waste.

Congratulations to Iran for 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention

Congratulations to Iran for 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention
 
With funding from Switzerland, e-waste experts meet in Geneva 17 to 19 April, to further develop Technical Guidelines

Amongst the key questions under discussion is the distinction between “waste” and “non-waste” in this fast growing waste-stream.

With funding from Switzerland, e-waste experts meet in Geneva 17 to 19 April, to further develop Technical Guidelines

With funding from Switzerland, e-waste experts meet in Geneva 17 to 19 April, to further develop Technical Guidelines
 
New online publication provides additional legal clarity to assist Basel Convention implementation

The Glossary of Terms is now available online in all 6 UN languages.

New online publication provides additional legal clarity to assist Basel Convention implementation

New online publication provides additional legal clarity to assist Basel Convention implementation

 

New pan-UN Coalition formed to tackle E-Waste

BRS, together with UN Environment, the ILO and the ITU amongst others, is part of a new coalition of UN organisations formed at the recent WSIS2018 Forum to achieve a shared goal of tackling the ever-growing issue of electronic waste.

New pan-UN Coalition formed to tackle E-Waste

New pan-UN Coalition formed to tackle E-Waste

 

Focus on Basel Convention regional implementation switches to Arabic-speaking countries

Learn about the work of the Basel Convention Regional Centre in Cairo, Egypt.

Focus on Basel Convention regional implementation switches to Arabic-speaking countries

Focus on Basel Convention regional implementation switches to Arabic-speaking countries

In 1995 the Conference of the Parties of the Basel Convention selected Egypt as the site of a Sub-Regional Centre for Arabic-speaking countries initially of Africa but later in 2002 expanded to include Arab speaking countries of West Asia and the Centre renamed as the Basel Convention Regional Centre for Arab States for Training and Technology Transfer. Following the ratification of the Framework Agreement by the Egyptian Parliament in 2005, BCRC-Egypt was established within Cairo University, which is considered to be one of the most outstanding academic and research institutes in the region. Countries that are served by the Centre include: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

BCRC Egypt aims at becoming an effective and reliable partner in the region for environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes under the Basel Convention and to assist the Parties to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

The Centre has focused its efforts on strengthening the regional cooperation of Arab states in hazardous waste management and trans-boundary control which should support compliance with the Basel Convention in the Arab states. In this regard, the centre has organized a large number of regional and national activities such as training, workshops, mainly with the funding provided by the Government of Finland and in collaboration with UNDP/Egypt in the following areas:

  • Inventory of hazardous wastes and chemicals
  • Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Codes on hazardous waste
  • Customs and port officials on controlling illegal trade
  • ESM of Asbestos wastes, POPs pesticides, PCBs and other POPs waste
  • Hazardous waste management technologies and promoting technology transfer
  • Occupational health and safety

The centre has also taken initiatives in establishing a reference accredited lab for POPs analysis, to provide the analysis service to the member states and is equipping itself with relevant testing and monitoring facilities.

BCRC Egypt has a very effective communication strategy and has been in communication with the Arab members through social media, such as Facebook (www.facebook.com/BCRCEgypt.OfficialPage), twitter (www.twitter.com/bcrcegypt) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/bcrcegypt). In addition to these, the Centre has also published from time to time a newsletter in Arabic language which summarized some of its activities.

For more information please contact to:

Prof. Mostafa Kamel
Director, BCRC Egypt
Tel: +20 (2) 35715115
E-mail: cairo@bcrc-egypt.com; kmostafa@sci.cu.edu.eg

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